June 24th, 2019

maria valdezULYSSES – Maria Efren Valdez, 86, died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. 

She was born May 3, 1932 to Juan and Adelina (Gonzales) Esquibel in Tecolote, N.M.

She married Jose Ausencio Valdez Nov. 8, 1948, in Tecolote, N.M.  He preceded her in death. 

For 10 years, she was a foster grandparent at elementary schools. 

She had previously worked at the coffee shop and M5 Club, both in Ulysses. 

Survivors include children, Jose LeRoy Valdez and Alex Ruben Valdez Jr.; sister, Corrine Saiz; grandchildren: Doris Rodriguez, Theodore Joseph Valdez Jr., LeAnn Valdez, Mary Valdez, Isaac Maestas, Wanda Jaramillo, LeRoy Valdez, Jr., Jeremy Valdez, Robert Valdez, Jonathan Valdez, Michael Valdez, Jared Valdez, Alex Valdez III, Ryan J. Valdez; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and caretaker, Rafael Rodriguez-Mata.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sons: Jose Valdez, Ted Valdez, Alex Ruben Valdez, and Benito Domingo Valdez; granddaughter, Roberta Valdez; and siblings: Amadita Jaramillo, Rosita Lucero, Cristobal Esquibel, and Prospero Esquibel.

• Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Ulysses with Pastor Nasario Navarette presiding.   

Burial will follow at the Ulysses Cemetery in Ulysses. 

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Ulysses, with an evening service at 6 p.m. 

Memorials are suggested to the Maria Valdez Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS  67880. 

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